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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 29, 2010 6:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: GC's Annual Case for Best Show EVER

"It is my favorite Dead show of all time, and even if you do not agree, I am willing to bet dollars to Dead Donuts it will fall somewhere in your Top 10."

Certainly in the top-ten for 1977. I personally dont feel the Fall '77 performances are anywhere near as good as those from May, but this one is the exception!

As far as it being in the top ten shows of all-time? I don't think it's even in the top fifty ;)

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Poster: Reade Date: Oct 29, 2010 4:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: GC's Annual Case for Best Show EVER

I too confine my enthusiasm for '77 to May, and May only.
After no shows for virtually all of June, July and August, something got lost that was essential to whatever that mojo was that they had going on in May.

Interestingly, some of my favorite JGB stuff happens here.
8-7-77 JGB is magnifico.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 29, 2010 9:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: GC's Annual Case for Best Show EVER

I kind of like the rougher edge to fall '77, though. It's kind of a sleepy year to me in general, controlled & measured...and those silky smooth May '77 shows sometimes just glide by.
Estimated Prophet was way better by Nov '77, anyway. And some of those Half-Steps are way up there. (And there were no Let It Grows in May '77, either...)

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Oct 29, 2010 10:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: GC's Annual Case for Best Show EVER

You say "rougher edge" and it makes me think of '78. Was it a conscious decision to make it sound that way?

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 29, 2010 10:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: GC's Annual Case for Best Show EVER

It's on the way to '78's rough edge, for sure.
I don't know whether these musical changes were a conscious decision. Some like to say it was all driven by the choice of drugs. The band themselves preferred to say they made no decisions, but just let the music carry them. I'd imagine it was a confluence of moods & band politics, plus whatever rehearsals there were.

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Oct 29, 2010 10:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: GC's Annual Case for Best Show EVER

Lately I've been listening to a lot of '78 shows and the fall of '77 sounds like a glimpse of things to come, loving it. 11/6/77 is really fun

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 29, 2010 7:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: GC's Annual Case for Best Show EVER

That's because you're a blatant anti-'77-ite! For shame! ;-)

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 29, 2010 8:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: GC's Annual Case for Best Show EVER

I agree. Spring '77 beats fall '77 every time.